The re-launch of my monthly budgeted meal planning as an entire month brings you all back to my 18th installment of monthly meal planning for March of 2104. With winter coming to a close and spring coming this month it will be time to break out some of those old recipes for spring and summer deliciousness! Where we live we get lots of sun and heat so smoothies will start making their appearances again shortly. As always, I will continue to add more recipes as I find and include them as well as some of those that are linked up to my Monday Thoughtful Spot Weekly Blog Hop will trickle into them too, can you spot the additions I used this month?
As a side note, please also remember that I strive to include some sort of fruit or vegetable component in all meals: breakfast, lunch, and dinner. So please remember that if no specific one is listed it is because everyone lives in different places and I cannot truly tell what will be available everywhere based on the time of year and I would hate to have you spend more of your budget to get things readily available to me when you could just as easy use your local ones. Fresh fruits and veggies can be a struggle to get into our growing children, but I am finding that as Beck and Elizabeth get older they are trying different fruits and veggies. It helps too that they are both finding new seasonal favorites too.
Because each family has different dietary goals and needs it can be hard to find recipes that meet everyone’s needs. In our family we have started drifting away from beef because of the problems that it causes with my health problems, but we do eat it in a limited capacity. I would also love to include more fish recipes, but my husband is very allergic to fish, so we cannot use fish either. As you can imagine, we have developed a taste for chicken and turkey meat recipes. I have included my own recipes here and there, but this month I will be using the following Enchanted Homeschooling Mom original recipes…
- E.H.M. Breaded Chicken tenders
- E.H.M. Daddy Mac
- E.H.M. Family Tacos
- Jill’s Beef Stew
- Jill’s Meatloaf
Budget Note: This meal planner includes all of our family’s monthly menus for the next 4 weeks. We typically spend $300-$350 (not including sundry items) for one month of food for our family of four plus four dogs. Since we live very rural, if I do not continue to plan well in advance our family can end up spending more on the gasoline for our trip than we do for the food that we are actually there to purchase, especially with gas prices seemingly rising all the time around us. When we do our shopping once a month it is a big haul, but we do pick up fresh fruits and vegetables from a local farmers weekly and get milk and dairy about every 2 weeks.
So, without further ado, please find the following components of this month’s interactive meal planner:
- Meal Planner for 3/1
- Meal Planner for 3/2 – 3/8
- Meal Planner for 3/9 – 3/15
- Meal Planner for 3/16 – 3/22
- Meal Planner for 3/23 – 3/29
- Meal Planner for 3/30 – 3/31
- Meal Planner – Blank Week
- Select E.H.M. Favorite Recipes
- Blank Family Shopping List (Food, Sundries, you name it included)
- Blank Costco Shopping List
- Shopping Lesson Pack focusing on budgeting lessons
- Shopping Lesson for Younger Children
I am happy to continue to share previous month’s meal planners. I keep all the recipes, planners, and lessons on my blog, so please make sure to check out my Meal Planning Page for more tips and recipes for when it comes to monthly shopping from month’s past!
If you use these meal planners, I hope it helps make your planning a little easier, or at the very least, give you some new recipes. I will continue to share my monthly meal planners with you each month as I create them for my family. Also, if you have a good smoothie recipe please let me know.
Thank you for meal planning with me!
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